Immigration Policy News Coverage (2018)
President Donald Trump, under growing pressure to act unilaterally to address the immigration crisis, signed an executive order that he said would keep immigrant families at the border together.
Trump said he didn't like the sight of families being separated, according to a pool report. He said the "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting everyone who tries to cross the border illegally would continue.
The president's surprise decision comes after images of children separated from their parents erupted into a political firestorm. The Trump administration consistently said it had no choice but to separate families because of the law. Just last Friday the president said, "You can't do it through an executive order."